Many of you may know that I love 19 Kids and Counting, so the allegations shocked me, but what shocked me more was the response.
Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five girls as a teenager.
I was so surprised to hear of something so terrible done by someone in a family who I admire because of how they speak up for their faith.
I honestly felt like what he did just gave Liberals that flaming arrow that they have been dying to shoot at us for years.
A Conservative, Christian, homeschooler just admitted to the entire world that he did something wrong.
But then I thought of a few things that made me come to the realization that I have no justification for being mad at him.
1. I don’t know him.
We may feel that we know him because we have watched him grow up on television. You think you know his life and you see his amazing parents and feel like you can tell him how horrible of a person he really is. He managed to have a major mistake even with such an awesome family. But in reality, a lot of us Christian’s have great parents and then proceed to sin over and over and over. So how is he different? Because he is in the national spotlight? That’s a lot of pressure to have had as a 14 year old.
2. He made the problem right.
Yes, what he did was wrong. Terribly wrong. But he made it right. In his statement he said that his parents went to the authorities, he admitted what he had done wrong, he apologized for his actions to the people he hurt, he and the girls he hurt all received counseling, and he repented. People will still have memories and that hurt might never fully go away. That’s what happens when sin enters our lives, it ruins us and the people around us. Josh hurt a lot of people. He disappointed a lot of people. But after he realized what he had really done, he did all he could to make it right.
3. He is redeemed by the blood.
I believe in accountability. I believe that if the allegations had come out and he admitted to it, but said that he was not wrong in what he did, it would have been completely acceptable for Christians to call him to accountability. But here’s the thing. He has repented and God has forgiven him. That is the most important thing. God has forgotten his sin. Jesus paid the price for people like Josh Duggar. People who have “sinned the worst sins.” And it is not my job to decide whether or not Josh is forgiven.
4. I have sinned.
We have all fallen short of the glory of God. God even said in His word that if you have stumbled over one law, you are guilty of all. So even if your “worst sin” was one lie to your parents about eating your broccoli when you were 5, you are guilty of molesting 5 girls too. God does not see “levels of sin.” He sees disobedience and rebellion. “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her,” John 8:7.
So, yes, I will continue to watch 19 Kids and Counting. Josh is forgiven, which means that I need to forget.
And, in the nicest way possible, you all need to get over yourselves.